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At 16, most of us weren’t ready to have a baby. Nor were we ready at 18. Or 19. Or even 25. Or even right now. Some of us are not ready and that’s OK because we get to decide when we’re ready to start families or add to the ones we already have. We can do that because of our choices. And one of those choices is birth control.

As women, we make a lot of choices every day. We choose where to go to school. Where we want to work and when we want to start families. And all of this comes back to our ability to plan for when we want to start those families – preferably after we finish school and start careers. And we can do this because of birth control. And yet, despite birth control being common and being available to women since the 1960s, birth control remains controversial.

Today is the second annual “Thanks, Birth Control Day,” aka #ThxBirthControl, supported by Bedsider.org. A social media campaign meant to take the taboo out of birth control, #ThxBirthControl is about normalizing in public what is already normal in our private lives–99 percent of sexually active women have used birth control.

Being able to plan, prevent and space pregnancies is something that benefits not just women as individuals, but benefits men, children and society as a whole. When women can better protect themselves against unplanned pregnancy, we have women who are able to better pursue their education, economic stability and their dreams.

Today, let’s do a status update on Twitter and Facebook saying, “#ThxBirthControl.” Let’s tell the world that birth control isn’t a dirty word – it’s a career-saving, future-saving, life-saving word that often means the difference between making positive plans for the future and making rash, unprepared decisions from an unplanned pregnancy.

#ThxBirthControl, because having children is wonderful when it means you don’t have to have them right now.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. All opinions and stories are my own.

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